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wrench

@wrench@wandering.shop

I love spiders, zombies, space and quirky stuff. I'm here to talk about having fun with tRPGs, videogames, media and programming, and sometimes life. Take a seat and relax!

Avatar is from "The Longing", background image is the Famicom port of Ultima 3, one of the first RPGs I ever played (before I even knew what RPGs were).

During the day, I'm a br immigrant teaching/researching Artificial Evolution in jp, you can learn more about that at my alt https://scholar.social/@caranha.

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wrench, to random
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So tuesday I put this huge item on my todo list. "Do X or die!".

Thursday is done, and I haven't got around doing X... indeed I haven't even begun doing it...

renkotsuban, to random
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LB> Language schools hire teachers with little to no actual background in TESOL, pay them poorly and treat them like they're disposable, then charge exorbitant prices for the privilege of learning English from a """native""" speaker (which naturally privileges white folks over people whose L1 is not English or people who don't "look" like Eng is their first language eg SEAsians, etc)

They teach to tests because that's the best you can hope from a setup like this

wrench,
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@autumnjanai @renkotsuban

I love this discussion. I didn't know that you had a in background on education, Renkon!

As someone who basically had to learn ESL at the "school of hard knocks", I find the topic of English education in Japan (and all the different ways it has failed over the years) super interesting.

wrench,
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@renkotsuban @autumnjanai Wow, that is super.

I can see how the eikaiwa industry can drive you up the walls.

I sometimes get Japanese students joining my lab because they think they can improve their English by joining a lab with a lot of international students... Then they ask me what they should study to improve their English, and all that I can tell them is "write long blog posts and try getting into arguments on the internet"

Hey... it worked for me :-P /s

wrench,
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@renkotsuban @autumnjanai Hahaha, valid maybe, but probably not very reproducible!

wrench, to random
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Today has been a pretty crummy day so far...

until I found out that a new Black Thunder flavor dropped!

I hope this will tide me over until the new dungeon meshi episode tonight.

wrench, to random
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In the RPG session yesterday, the GM introduced some gruffy NPC that spoke in barely audible growls.

I couldn't quite hear their name, but it sounded kinda like "Goth Girl".

So now Goth Girl, the monstrous abomination of the underground, is the party's new best friend.

wrench,
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@Ashigaru Why be a lame "Goth-Gur", when you could be a cool Goth Girl instead?

wrench,
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@Ashigaru He could be a dude called Goth Girl.

Stranger things have happened in the underworld!

wrench, to random
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The day barely began, and I'm already super tired, lol 😴

npckc, to random
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熱くなってきたので髪を切って夏ver.になった

wrench,
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@npckc おおおおお

renkotsuban, to random
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WOW you know what was not a good idea? Buying Balatro when I am once again behind on all my work 😭

The willpower needed to tear myself away from this game is... so great... hnnnngh... help... help me...

wrench,
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@btsherratt @renkotsuban I'm not there yet! (I bought another highly addictive game a few weeks ago, and juuust now managed to tear myself away from it).

wrench,
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@renkotsuban @btsherratt Well, the game IS in your wishlist... (It was Rimworld, which released a DLC last month)

wrench,
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@btsherratt @renkotsuban

I thought about buying Balatro but changed my mind when I heard it does not have a score preview feature 😎 🤪 😁

wrench, to random
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I'm such a ball of stress recently, I probably should not be allowed near other people for a few days... 😩

wrench, to random
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I watched Frieren this weekend, but I couldn't see the big deal.

It was So So.

wrench,
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I guess I need to work on my dad joke skillz, but let me be disappointed at all my japan mutuals for a sec :disappointing glare: :-P

wrench,
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@Ashigaru I'm feeling very similar after three episodes. The concept is neat (the story of the third episode is kinda cool), but I just can't bring myself to care about the characters or be curious about what happens next.

wrench,
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@Ashigaru Also the designs of the characters, backgrounds, etc, feel super generic.

wrench,
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@Ashigaru That's why my pun is so perfect.

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I learned a character in #japanese the other day that was defined as amount; or picture frame. 🤬

I was swearing at that--how can one word have meanings that dissimilar? How can I remember that?

But then today walking in the city I passed the Latitude nightclub. I'd seen that in other cities-- it is a good name for a nightclub, in the sense of permission to bend the rules a bit.

Or a line in the map marking distance from the equator.

🤬 How did one word get such dissimilar meanings??

😂

wrench,
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@chiasm What was the character, by the way?

renkotsuban, to random
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Day 2 of GW is going to Hamamatsucho for #TokyoGameDungeon 5! Gonna try to talk about cool stuff I play

Full exhibitor list on the website:

https://tokyogamedungeon.com/

wrench,
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@renkotsuban Thank you for the thread! I was considering going there myself, but decided to hide in my shell a little bit more. Some of these games look super comfy! (specially Dig Dig Drill, sounds like my jam)

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Not quite sure where he’s getting his tourism info, but out of the blue my dad suggested I take the family on a trip to Aokigahara…

wrench,
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@roque @RobinMarx Suicide tales aside, from a geological point of view it is actually a pretty interesting place.

It grew on top of a lava flow that covered the entire area when mt. Fuji erupted in the 800'ies. There are some cool caverns in the region as well.

So the whole place is made of cooled off magma, and has some interesting effects on magnets/compasses.

wrench,
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@TheRedPriest Oh wow, I love everything about this base :-) The way that the rooms follow the mountains without being just a set of squares, the decorated entryways, and most of all the monolith that fell just in the middle of the ancient danger... How many years did this colony go for?

renkotsuban, to random
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Wish that Japanese news covered the US military the way it covers North Korea launching test missiles into the sea. Just this past Sunday, our apartment was rattled by the sound of low-flying jets, even tho we don't live near a base. Accident just waiting to happen

US military in Japan not disclosing info on flights despite noise, accident concerns

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20240423/p2a/00m/0na/014000c

wrench,
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@renkotsuban I know the thread is about the US military, and I agree with everything you're saying here, but let me take you on an aside about media coverage of North Korea...

Do you remember the 2014 NK Football world cup hoax? It was hilarious...

Basically, a Brazilian humour blog created a fake youtube channel claiming to be a collection of news from NK. Then they produced a video, arguably from NK news, claiming they won the world cup.

And then news outlets all over the world...

wrench,
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@renkotsuban started to run with that story, about how NK was creating fake videos to claim they won the world cup, and "can't you believe how crazy these NK are? lol!"

That is until the blogger came clean about the hoax and suddenly you had a lot of news sites quietly updating their webpages...

Anyway, no point here, I was just thinking about that story, and your post reminded me of it.

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